A MUM has told of the horrifying moment masked thugs burst into her home and subjected her son to a terrifying hammer attack.
Jamie Gaines could have been left with a serious head injury had he not put his arm up to defend himself, says his mum Marie Gaines.
The 19-year-old was just leaving his home when four men stormed in and started hitting him with a hammer.
He was bundled into the living room, and tried to fight back, but was then hit with a pick-axe handle.
One of the men watched over him and ordered him not to move or he would hit him again, while the other three raiders ransacked bedrooms.
The family’s pet German shepherd dog, Gypsy, was also hit during the ordeal, which lasted up to 15 minutes.
The raiders made off with new Nike and Adidas trainers as well as perfume before fleeing in Marie’s car, a dark red Renault Scenic, with the registration M30 MBG.
Marie – who is offering a £1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrests of the gang – said: “Jamie is very shaken up, he doesn’t want to go out, and doesn’t want to be in the house by himself.”
The 54-year-old former mobile hairdresser added: “They must have been looking for something specific.
“We have got no idea what they were looking for, I think the trainers were an afterthought.”
Marie, of Cumbrian Way, Peterlee, had gone out for the evening with HGV driver husband Barrie, 50, daughter Michelle Casson, 26, and other son Craig, 22, not long before the incident happened.
Their plans were cut short when a friend texted them to say Jamie had been beaten up.
Marie said the thugs had climbed over her back fence and walked along a side path before bursting in.
She said since the attack, which happened around 8pm on Saturday, November 8, Gypsy was now “going for” visitors.
Jamie was treated at hospital where he was X-rayed and checked over.
He was discharged after four hours, and has been left with bruising.
Durham Constabulary detectives from Seaham’s crime team are investigating the attack.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting reference DHM-08112014-0420, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.